WPSU Digital Shorts

Short digital stories highlighting the arts, culture, science and activities in central Pennsylvania and beyond.

Short digital stories highlighting the arts, culture, science and activities in central Pennsylvania and beyond.



Wonders Of The Night Sky: The Comet Neowise

Look in the right place over the next few weeks and you may be able to see the comet Neowise with the naked eye. Happy stargazing!



art and anxiety

Bill Doan on Art & Anxiety

Bill Doan discusses his view of anxiety and how he channels often difficult feelings into creative and inspirational works for both community and family.



I'm Your Neighbor: Danny Stainton

I’m Your Neighbor: Danny Stainton

Meet Danny Stainton, a local potter here in central Pennsylvania.



COVID-19: Stress and Normal Activities

Mental Health and COVID-19: Stress and Normal Activities

Here are five tips on how to manage stress and anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic.



Elana Szczesny of Penn State Counseling & Psychological Services

Mental Health and COVID-19: Sleep

Find out how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting an important aspect of maintaining your mental health: getting regular, good quality sleep.



Dr. Erika Sauders of the Penn State College of Medicine

Mental Health and COVID-19: Feelings of Isolation

Dr. Erika Saunders discusses feelings of isolation while social distancing and sheltering at home.



Adopt a Senior

Adopt a Senior

A new nationwide effort is helping graduating seniors feel the love while building new connections in and beyond their communities.



Speaking Grief producer Lindsey Fenton

Speaking Grief Q&A

We asked Lindsey Whissel Fenton five questions about WPSU's newest project: Speaking Grief.



WPSU Radio From Home

WPSU Radio from Home

Despite how different things feel right now, our WPSU radio team is still hard at work bringing families and communities in central Pennsylvania important programs.



Boalsburg farmers market

How Farmer’s Markets Are Enduring COVID-19

“People are starting to think a little more carefully about the food system and where their food is coming from.”



Andy Grant

WPSU Staff Recommendations: Classic Movies

WPSU producer Andy Grant recommends spending some of that extra free-time while social distancing by getting caught up on classic movies!



Teddy Bears and Rainbows

Teddy Bears and Rainbows

To encourage "social distance walking," Courtney Whitmer encouraged her neighbors in State College to participate in The Teddy Bears and Rainbows scavenger hunt.



close up of gears of pocket watch

Fix It, Don’t Nix It: Pocket Watch

Host Min Xian helps a grandfather get his ancestor’s pocket watch repaired so he can pass down the treasured family heirloom.



Christmans lights display

Shining Light Through The Darkness

Get a glimpse into the light-filled celebration in this piece from “Our Town: Lewistown” from 2016.



Watershed Journal

The Watershed Journal

A group of local writers gather in Brookville to listen and comment on each others stories and created a quarterly publication.



Horatio the Cat

Everyday is Caturday at Centre County Library

The Centre County Library and Historical Museum is getting help promoting literacy and libraries from a local viral sensation, Horatio the Cat.



Potter County Historical Society

PA Places: Potter County Historical Society

David Costano tells us a little bit about a unique museum in downtown Coudersport, PA.



Geese Flock Together

Geese Flock Together

Around Lewistown, a happy Juniata Valley tradition includes a public art project featuring 5-foot tall Geese!



Deer Season

Deer Season by Brandon Pelter

Penn State student Brandon Pelter examined the state of Pennsylvania's hunting industry and culture.



Martin Grieco

Martin Grieco WWII Veteran

In honor of Veterans Day: Martin Grieco of State College, Pennsylvania discusses his military service experience during World War II.



Luke Nosal


Luke Nosal talks about coming out as non-binary and what it means to live authentically.



Our Town from the Sky

Our Town from the Sky

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic aerial tour of some of the Central Pennsylvania towns we visited as part of the Our Town series.




Did You Know: LASER

What do you know about LASERs? Test Your Knowledge in this Did You Know segment from Sci Tech Now.



Three Percent

Three Percent: Bear Hunting in Pennsylvania

Paddy Cotter created this story "Three Percent" last year as part of Penn State's The John Curley Center For Sports Journalism.



WPSU's Isabel Reinert

WPSU Gives Back

WPSU and Penn State Outreach planted trees last week for ClearWater Conservancy as part of its PNC Bank Day of Caring for Centre County United Way.



Punkin' Chunkin' Catapault

Punkin’ Chunkin’ in Bald Eagle Valley

You can eat, drink and watch pumpkins fly through the air at the Howard Fire Company’s annual Pumpkin Chunkin Festival held every October.



WPSU Staff

WPSU Overall Station Excellence Emmy® Award

We had a great year celebrating our Emmy® Aard win for Overall Station Excellence and taking it on the road to thank our supporters. THANK YOU!



Claire North-Smyers painting on a canvas

I’m Your Neighbor: Claire North-Smyers

Your neighbor, Claire North-Smyers, shares her joy of painting.



Martin Melville whistling

The Whistling Woodsman

Meet Martin Melville, a professional logger and competitive whistler.



Older woman holding framed photo of young woman

Centre County Hosts Remembrance

Centre County hosted a candlelight remembrance on August 29 to honor those who died of a drug overdose.



jazz festival

Lock Haven Jazz Festival

The town of Lock Haven held its annual Jazz Festival August 16-17, 2019. Check out this segment from Our Town: Lock Haven!



Wayne Richards

I’m Your Neighbor: Memories of Woodstock

“Your neighbor” Wayne Richards shares his memories of the Woodstock music festival.




WPSU Kids’ Day at DelGrosso’s Park

We asked kids at Kids’ Day what their favorite PBS KIDS program is. Here’s what they answered!



moon landing

Apollo Moon Landing 50 Years Ago

On July 20, 2019, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first human moon landing.



Penn State Apollo 11 event

Penn State Honors 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

On July 16, 2019 the NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium and Penn State honored the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11!



Arts Festival 1967

Arts Festival 1967

Time for a flashback… all the way to 1967 for the first Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts! WPSU was there! Were you?



Everett Railroad

Everett Railroad Train Excursions in Blair County

The Everett Railroad train excursions gave folks an inside look at life on the home front during the 1940’s.



Eliot Ness Festival

Eliot Ness Fest in Coudersport, PA

Coudersport will celebrate its second Eliot Ness Fest July 19-21, 2019. Take a look at last year’s festival in this segment from Our Town Coudersport.



Illustration of tick removal

Tick Talk

Dr. Jennifer Delozier shares tips on how to avoid tick bites and what to do if you are bitten by a tick.



Thomas Paquette

Thomas Paquette: A Painter From Warren, PA

Thomas Paquette's landscape paintings have been featured in more than 50 solo exhibitions in museums and prominent galleries in cities around the country.



Bicycle Facts

Bicycle Facts

Did you know that bike riding is the most efficient muscle-powered form of travel?



memorial day

Memorial Day: Our Town Boalsburg

Learn more about the Memorial Day celebration in Boalsburg in this clip from the Our Town series.



Vote 19: Race for the 12th District

U.S. House 12th District Special Election in Pennsylvania

On Tuesday, May 21, voters in the 12th district will choose a new representative in the U.S. House in a special election.




Happy Valley Quilts of Valor

Quilts of Valor Foundation was started by a lady in Delaware, Kathy Roberts, in 2003.



Mister Rogers Thumbnail

It’s A Beautiful Day: Thank You Mister Rogers

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Fred Rogers's appeal to Congress that stopped a proposal to cut federal funding for public media.




Birdwatching in Central Pennsylvania

"Getting to know an area and how it changes through the seasons is probably the most exciting part of birdwatching."




How to Prepare for a Marathon

More than 30,000 people took part in the Boston Marathon this year! Ever wonder how many miles you have to run to prepare for a marathon?




Powwow: As Long As We Dance

“The drum is the heartbeat of the Indian people. You can feel it in your feet and it moves through your body and you can just feel it in your soul.”




Hundreds of Alpacas Gathered for Showcase in Centre Hall

Over three hundred alpacas gathered in Centre Hall in March for an annual showcase hosted by the Pennsylvania Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association.



bone is stronger than concrete and steel

Bone Facts

Did you know that as our bodies develop, we would have in total 206 bones by adulthood? Learn more about the bones in your body in this short clip by WPSU Digital Studios!




More from WPSU Digital

Finding Your Roots: The Seedlings

Dig into ancestry with genetics and genealogy.

Metronome from The Attic


METRONOME features local performing artists and groups from a variety of genres playing in their own environments throughout Central Pennsylvania.

Ben Ahlgrim working with hot glass

Pennsylvania Makers

Pennsylvania Makers features local artists showcasing their unique talent and creativity.

Reach Podcast

Reach Podcast

Telling the stories of researchers, their studies, and how their work impacts you and the world you live in.

Instructor shows students petri dish


Science-U is a summer camp at Penn State University exploring every inch of the universe! View our hands-on guides and videos at Science-U @Home!


SciTech Now

SciTech Now captures the latest breakthroughs in science and technology.

Elena Zavala

Women in Science Profiles

WiSci Files features local women with careers in science, technology, engineering and math.


World Kitchen

World Kitchen is a free interactive cooking class presented on Zoom so that you can follow along to create the recipe with each guest chef.


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